People Behind the Plans Podcast Series

People Behind the Plans is a new podcast series that explores the business of planning for the built environment.

Hosted by Courtney Kashima, AICP, planner and small business owner of Muse Community + Design in Chicago, this podcast series features conversations between planners on work, life, ideas, and problem-solving in a variety of communities.

Get details on the podcast episodes and access each episode below. You can find additional podcasts on the APA podcast page.


Episode Six: Eugenie Birch, FAICP

November 8, 2017

Courtney interviews Eugenie Birch, FAICP, in a special World Town Planning Day edition of the "People Behind the Plans" podcast series focusing on the UN's Sustainable Development Goals and New Urban Agenda. Birch is the Lawrence C. Nussdorf Chair of Urban Research and Education at the University of Pennsylvania and serves as president of General Assembly of Partners (GAP), the engagement platform for the implementation of the UN's New Urban Agenda and associated global agreements.


Episode Five: Lynn Ross, AICP

October 27, 2017

In this episode, Courtney talks with Lynn Ross, AICP, Founder of Spirit for Change Consulting. Lynn discusses how she discovered the field of urban planning, equity in the planning profession, her work with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Knight Foundation, and much more.


Episode Four: Bev Wilson, AICP

September 29, 2017

In this episode, Courtney talks with Bev Wilson, associate professor at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Department of Urban and Regional Planning. Their wide-ranging conversation includes consideration of new frameworks for civic technology, and they touch on ways planners can think about extending the scope of tech tools.


Episode Three: Scott Page

July 6, 2017

In this episode, Courtney talks with Scott Page, founder of Interface Studio in Philadelphia, a leader in developing unique and innovative urban design ideas. The pair discusses who is driving the changes that are shaping cities, the influences of partnership, “unintended consequences,” and the inspiration that comes from the conversation around public works.


Episode Two: David Fields, AICP

June 6, 2017

In this episode, Courtney chats with David Fields, AICP, who shares stories on connecting with place in his 20 years of national and international experience focusing on transportation planning. David and Courtney discuss community engagement and share tips on how to keep planning conversations with citizens on point.


Episode One: Jamie Simone, AICP

April 20, 2017

In this episode, Courtney talks with Jamie Simone, AICP, on her role with the plan for The 606, an innovative public space and alternative transportation corridor in Chicago.